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Police arrest teen in connection with theft of car with child in backseat

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested a teen on charges that he stole a car last week that had a 6-year-old boy in the back seat.

Jabari Shaqil Patterson, 17, of 1927 12th Ave. S, was taken into custody after police received a tip that he was hiding in a vacant apartment near 5th Avenue S and 49th Street S.

Patterson is charged with auto theft and interference with child custody in connection with the Oct. 19 disappearance of a 2007 Chevy Impala from in front of a Choice Food Store at 3401 5th Ave. S.

Cortney Porter, 25, left her 6-year-old son in the car — with the keys in the ignition and the motor running — while she ran inside the store. When she walked out, she saw her car being driven away from the gas pumps.

Police recovered the Impala and its passenger about 10 minutes later in an alley. The child was unharmed.

Police said Patterson admitted being involved in the car theft, but told them he was unaware the child was sitting in the right rear passenger seat.

Police arrest teen in connection with theft of car with child in backseat 10/25/10 [Last modified: Monday, October 25, 2010 7:42pm]
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